Christine Grahame MSP Opens The Home's New Stockbridge Charity Shop
Christine Grahame MSP joined shoppers, supporters and rescue pets today, to officially open the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home Stockbridge Charity Shop.
Christine led a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the Home’s new shop on Raeburn Place. She was accompanied by members of Home’s Senior Management Team, shop volunteers, supporters and visitor pets. Christine said:
“As Convener of the Cross Party Group on Animal Welfare I’ve been aware of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home’s work across the Lothians for a number of years and I am delighted to be opening their new Stockbridge shop.
“I’ve visited the Home a number of times to see the fantastic work their staff and volunteers do in caring for animals, some of whom really are in some awful states when they first arrive. Indeed my own cat, Mr Smokey, was a rescue so I am well aware of the transformation animals can make from being terribly neglected to thriving with the right care.
“Shops such as this are a great help not only in raising much needed funds to keep the home running, but also in raising awareness of the work of the home and the welfare issues they deal with. I wish it all the success for the future.”
Christine Grahame MSP, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home CEO, Howard Bridges, and rescue dog Ethel.
Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home CEO, Howard Bridges, said:
“Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home is proud to be officially launching our new Stockbridge shop. We are delighted that this initiative has the support of Christine Grahame MSP, whose presence is absolutely fitting given her extensive work on animal welfare in Scotland.
“On behalf of the Home I would like to thank Christine, and indeed all our staff and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make our new shop a success. Despite working in partnership with Police and Council services for over 134 years to rescue, reunite and rehome stray and unwanted pets in Edinburgh and the Lothians, the Home receives no government or lottery funding. Our charity shops provide a vital funding stream for the Home and we are very excited to see how this new venture will directly benefit the dogs and cats in our care.”
The Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home Charity Shop has been open for business since November 2016, trading on a part-time basis. The ribbon cutting ceremony marks its transition to full-time opening hours. Visit the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home Stockbridge Charity Shop for second-hand clothing, books and dog and cat products.